Monday, April 23, 2012

A New Twist on Reusing Abandoned Properties

I really love creative people, especially those that create new ways to reuse abandoned or blighted properties. A new story from Next American City highlights the creativity that one man in New Orleans uses to turn a blighted neighborhood home into a playscape for Kids and Adults alike.

This kind of creativity is not new either. There are hundreds of examples of guerrilla urban planning taking place every year,  every week and every day. From bike paths in Mexico City to temporary shelters for the homeless inAtlanta. One of the largest and most global of these trends that I know of is Parking Day. In thier own words:

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals… creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.”

I really hope I continue to see more and more of this type of creative, out of the box style thinking not only in urban planning but housing development.

Best aye,


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